On September 12, 2023, besides the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which we at Focus21 consider being the first truly professional smartphones by Apple, the company also introduced new smartwatches, Apple Watch Series 9 & Ultra 2, based on their innovative S9 SIP.
Thanks to the new hardware under the hood, the software on the smartwatch screens can now be controlled using a simple double-tap gesture. The software control for the first spatial computer, Apple Vision Pro, occurs in the same manner (read our thoughts on it in this article).
Our sixth sense suggests that similar hand movements and gestures will also be used for software control on many other devices of various formats in the near future. This is particularly important to consider in strategic planning of digital transformation.
Furthermore, it is also interesting that the simple double-tap gesture performs a contextual action in the application launched on the Apple Watch Series 9 & Ultra 2 screen. It allows one to accept or end a voice call, start or pause exercises, and so on.
There is a feeling that developers will need to place more and more emphasis on such contextual actions, which can be performed by pressing the same button in the UX software, in the near future. At least, we are already discussing this for our future projects.
Ultimately, the new double-tap gesture for Apple Watch Series 9 & Ultra 2 is also an excellent example of enhancing the accessibility of using these devices. Today, during the digital transformation of business, it is important to pay special attention to this.